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HAIL GLUTTONY!Today in the U.S. many celebrate the secular...
   HAIL GLUTTONY!Today in the U.S. many celebrate the secular holiday called “Thanksgiving.” It originated as a harvest festival, and in America is inspired by legends about the  Calvinist separatist Pilgrims who emigrated from The Netherlands to the “New World” in 1620. At times, these staunchly Christian folks supposedly even included select nearby indigenous pagans in the proceedings. Honoring the fruits of hard work done towards preparing for survival of the frigid Winter months to come in Massachusetts, it was a de facto proclamation of the wisdom of being in harmony with the cycling of Nature. Similar holidays abound in pre- and non-Christian societies. These are always enjoyed as opportunities for earned excess.In practice, this holiday has evolved over time into an occasion for gathering with family and friends and extravagant feasting. Being Satanists, we naturally support participation in a sumptuous banquet, however, we are guided by our principle of “indulgence, not compulsion.” Because our current society is less family oriented, highly mobile and often fragmented, this is a day we might spend with those whom we do not often encounter in person during the course of a year. We may thus savor this opportunity to enjoy renewed fellowship or to deal out our own form of justice, perhaps gently tweaking those who irk us,  while primarily warmly embracing the vibrant individuals who add richness to our lives.Satanists may seize this day to celebrate our prosperity, our joy in existing, and our precious liberty. We can make this a time to thank ourselves for boldly mastering our lives to the best of our abilities, sharing our vital existence with those whom we cherish. In a sense, we too are religious outsiders as were the Pilgrims, but our approach to life is so much more fun than theirs. Whether you are with friends, family, or enjoying your own splendid company, may those of you who choose to celebrate enjoy a truly indulgent “Gluttony Day”!—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
via Church of Satan, 2017-11-23
DARREN DEICIDE @ BOONTUNES Saturday, November 25th, 8PM,...
   DARREN DEICIDE @ BOONTUNES Saturday, November 25th, 8PM, $10BoonTunes, 613 Main St., Boonton, NJ  Matt Pless / Darren Deicide / The Hannahs / Paddy Merril / Jeff Linden You’ve argued with your family and begrudgingly shared a meal. Grandpa is drooling on himself asleep on the couch while the rest of the family watches sports. The next day, you try to shake off the doldrums by going out, only to find out it’s Black Friday and everywhere is crammed with throngs of obedient consumers fulfilling their duty to buy useless crap for the upcoming holidays. There’s no respite, until now.  Come and get your relief this Saturday, after it’s all said and done, in Boonton, NJ, at BoonTunes, where I’ll be playing with my old friend Matt Pless. Matt was one of the rare musicians that got to play the old Barracks shows back in its heyday. I’m going to warm you all up by playing some oldies and newbies from The Jersey Devil is Here and The Blues Non Est Mortuum. Here’s the Facebook event.  —Darren D.PS: My new project, The Wedding Funeral, is releasing the last song, “Mannequin”, off our new demo at theweddingfuneral.com. It comes out on Thanksgiving. 
via Church of Satan, 2017-11-22
Occulture 2017 Lecture/Webinar:  Anton LaVey - Magical...
   Occulture 2017 Lecture/Webinar:  Anton LaVey - Magical Innovator Already in The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey had shown considerable creativity. Concepts like ”Psychic Vampire” and ”The Balance Factor” soon became household terms in America and the rest of the world. His description of the ritual space as an ”Intellectual Decompression Chamber” also hit home outside the strictly Satanic perimeters. As did the slightly later term ”Occultnik”, signifying a person who is lost within old structures of occultism without being able to see what’s really of use on a practical, material level. LaVey’s initial key works, The Satanic Bible and The Satanic Rituals, are great examples of creative appropriation and reformulation. But the two volumes of essays and maxims that followed much later, ie The Devil’s Notebook and Satan Speaks, genuinely contain the essence of LaVey’s wit and creativity. In these books, we find many fascinating topics: the integration of emotionally resonant music, stressing the ego, encouraging a sense of humour, artificial human companions, the total environment, a re-evaluation of slavery, the archetype of the villain, the third side of truth and much more. Join me for a darkside trip into the Satanic mind of Anton LaVey – magical innovator! When?      More on the OCCULTURE webinar/lecture series 2017:    My book Occulture – the unseen forces that drive culture forward will be published by Inner Traditions in March 2018. You can preorder the book HERE!
via Church of Satan, 2017-11-21
Speak of the Devil Presents Third Side...
   Speak of the Devil Presents Third Side Intelligence: Polyamory Sunday, November 26th / 5pm MSTSpeak of the Devil Presents Third Side Intelligence. In this episode Reverend Campbell is joined by Robert Merciless and Rev. Shiva Rodriguez to discuss Polyamory.Robert Merciless is the proprietor of Rabid Crow Arts & Graphics found at www.rabidcrow.com and you can learn more about Shiva Rodriguez on her website www.shivarodriguez.com. Sign Up to the Email List Subscribe to the YouTube ChannelGive a Rating & ReviewHail Satan!—Reverend Campbell
via Church of Satan, 2017-11-21
Stephen Romano Gallery:  WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE...
   Stephen Romano Gallery:  WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINEStephen Romano Gallery is thrilled to announce the exhibition “WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE” in association with The Living Gallery Outpost in New York City’s East Village, with an opening reception Saturday November 25th from 6 - 9pm.The exhibition will feature newly discovered and never seen before works by American cultural treasure WILLIAM MORTENSEN, also renowned as the Father of Pictorialism, an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The art of William Mortensen has in recent years seen a revival as the artist has been celebrated as seminal in the art of manipulated photography and gothic subject matter.The exhibition will also feature newly created works by contemporary artists  Featuring Alexis Karl, Kim Bo Yung, Anaïs Delsol, Nyahzul C Blanco, Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos, Vivien Masters, Tiffany Hsiang, Tine Kindermann, Aurore Lephilipponnat, Josh Stebbins, Barry William Hale, Ken Weaver, Zach Brown and Alessandro Keegan. Each artist has paid tribute to the art of William Mortensen by creating a work of their own which has been inspired by a work by Mortensen.Most of the works by Mortensen in the exhibition are newly discovered, from the collection of his close friend and associate Quenton Bredt (to whom Mortensen bequeathed his own personal collection) and from the estate of his first wife Courtney Crawford, and have never been exhibited in public until now.The Living Gallery Outpost246 EAST 4th Street (Avenue B and E4th) EAST VILLAGE NEW YORKOpening reception SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25 2017 6 - 9 pmExhibition continues through TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28 8pm Gallery Hours 10 am - 9pm More information and photos can be found at: http://lexiconmag.com/content/sybilline/     
via Church of Satan, 2017-11-20